BBD RECRUITING: Eli Nichols update

Crawfordville (Fla.) defensive end Eli Nichols lists the Cats among his Top 5...

Crawfordville Wakulla (Fla.) defensive lineman Eli Nichols is drawing attention from Kentucky.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound end has offers from UK, LSU, Maryland, Tulane and West Virginia, although he's still holding out hope that he'll receive an offer from his favorite team, the Florida Gators.

"I am a little surprised that I have not heard from the academic schools like Duke, Georgia Tech and Northwestern," added Nichols, who has scored a 27 on the ACT, a 1,300 on the SAT and plans to enter an engineering school in college.

Nichols said he hopes to visit Florida soon for a game, and is currently making plans for other visits.

He's currently rated among the nation's top available players at defensive end by Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Recruiting.

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